Category: Match Preview

PREVIEW: WHITES V WELLING

Dover will be looking to build on Saturday’s strong performance when Welling United visit Crabble on Tuesday evening.

Chris Kinnear’s side won 5-1 at neighbours Folkestone Invicta, with Tobi Sho-Silva, Mitch Brundle and Kane Richards all scoring their first goals for the club.

Ryan Bird (Pictured) also netted with the last kick of the game, his third strike in four pre-season games.

Boss Kinnear once again has a fully fit squad to select from.

National League South Welling have played five pre-season matches so far, most recently losing 3-1 at home to Dover’s league rivals Bromley at the weekend.

Their four other friendly games have been against VCD Athletic (W 5-2), Charlton Athletic (L 0-3), Phoenix Sports (D 1-1) and Welling Town (W 2-0).

Fans may recognise familiar faces playing for the Wings in the form of Jack Parkinson, Joe Healy and Sean Francis.

The game kicks off at 7.45pm and admission is £5 FOR ALL while under 11s are FREE with paying adult.

PREVIEW: FOLKESTONE V WHITES

Dover will aim to get back to winning ways when they make the short trip to local neighbours Folkestone Invicta on Saturday for their fourth pre-season friendly.

Boss Chris Kinnear’s men lost 2-0 to League One Charlton Athletic at Crabble on Tuesday night and the gaffer once again has a fully fit squad to pick from for the game at the Fullicks Stadium.

New signing Josh Passley (pictured) is likely to be involved after the defender penned a one-year deal this week after impressing on trial.

Invicta’s pre-season schedule has seen them beat Kent sides Hythe Town (4-1) and Herne Bay (4-2), plus earn a creditable draw with Millwall (2-2).

Included within Folkestone’s ranks is former Athletic player Callum Davies.

The defender featured 12 times for Dover during two separate loan spells between 2014 and 2015.

The game kicks off at 3pm and admission is as follows:

Adults £10, concessions & students with valid ID £7, juniors (aged 5-18) £2, under 5’s (accompanied by a paying adult) free.

PREVIEW: WHITES v CHARLTON

Dover host Charlton Athletic on Tuesday in the third match of their pre-season campaign.

Whites drew 2-2 against another League One side, Gillingham, on Saturday, with Ryan Bird and Giancarlo Gallifuoco both netting on their home debuts.

Manager Chris Kinnear once again has a fully fit squad to pick from with some triallists likely to feature.

The Addicks, managed by Karl Robinson, have played five friendlies so far, including Crumlin United (W 5-0), Limerick (L 3-2) and UCD (L 4-1) during a two-week training camp in Ireland.

Charlton also sent two separate squads to play Greenwich Borough and Welling United last Saturday, winning both games 4-0 and 3-0 respectively.

The  game kicks off at 7.45pm and admission is as follows:

Adults £10, concessions £5, under 11’s free with paying adult (Included with season ticket).

PREVIEW: WHITES v GILLINGHAM

Dover play host to League One Gillingham on Saturday in their second of six pre-season friendlies.

The match will give fans the chance to see Summer signings Mitch Brundle, Tobi Sho-Silva, Ryan Bird, Jamie Allen, Kane Richards, Manny Parry and Femi IIesamni in action on home turf for the first time.

Australian defender Giancarlo Gallifuoco is also expected to be involved against our Kent neighbours after signing for Whites on Wednesday, along with a number of triallists.

Boss Chris Kinnear’s new look side won 3-0 away at Deal Town on Tuesday night with George Essuman and Bird among the scorers.

Gills, with former Athletic manager Peter Taylor as Director of Football, have won both their pre-season friendlies so far, beating Faversham Town 1-0 and Dartford 2-1.

Saturday’s game kicks-off at 3pm and admission is as follows:

Adults £10, Concessions £5, Under 11s free with paying Adult ( Included with Season ticket ).

 

 

PREVIEW: DEAL TOWN VS WHITES

Dover kick-off their pre-season run of friendly matches with a trip to Southern Counties East League Premier Division side Deal Town on Tuesday.

It is the first of six warm-up games for boss Chris Kinnear’s side, with the game against the Hoops at the Charles Ground providing travelling fans a first chance to see newcomers Mitch Brundle, Kane Richards, Jamie Allen, Femi Ilesanmi, Manny Parry, Tobi Sho-Silva and Ryan Bird in action.

Kinnear is also likely to use the game as an opportunity to cast his eye over a number of triallists as he continues to rebuild his squad ahead of the National League season opener away at Hartlepool United on Saturday, August 5th.

Deal Town played their first friendly of the season last Saturday, losing 2-0 against visiting Margate.

Tuesday’s game kicks-off at 7.30pm at admission is as follows:

Adults: £5

Concessions: £3

Children (14 and over): £2 while those aged under 14 are free with a full paying adult

There will also be a match programme on sale for £1

 

WHITES UP FOR CUP

Dover will be aiming to end the season with some silverware when they take on Welling United in Monday’s Kent Reliance Senior Cup final at Maidstone’s Gallagher Stadium,

Boss Chris Kinnear’s men defeated Herne Bay (1-0), VCD Athletic (4-0) and Folkestone Invicta (3-0) on their route to the decider.

National League South opponents Welling have beaten Chatham (6-1), Dartford (4-1 on penalties after it finished 2-2), Margate (2-1) and Charlton (2-0 on penalties after it finished 1-1).

Speaking after Saturday’s 3-2 win at Barrow AFC, Kinnear revealed he is planning on fielding a strong side for the final match of their 2016/17 campaign.

He said: “We want to win this game. 

“Three years ago we reached the final, but played the youngsters as we had the play-off final a few days after, so we now have the chance to field a strong team and we will.”

For fans wanting to wear the same colour shirts as the Kinnear’s side, his players will be wearing their traditional white shirts.

Ricky Modeste (leg) and Tyrone Sterling (hamstring) are unlikely to feature due to injury.

The game kicks-off at 3pm.

PREVIEW: BARROW AFC V WHITES

Dover are mathematically still in contention to win the fifth and final play-off place ahead of the long trip to Barrow AFC for Saturday’s final game of the regular season.

However, the odds on doing that are stacked against boss Chris Kinnear’s side with fifth-placed Aldershot Town having a three-point cushion and the Hampshire side are also six goals better off than Whites.

It leaves Dover needing to win convincingly at the Furness Building Society Stadium and hope that struggling Braintree Town win at Aldershot.

Kinnear insists his players will fight until the final whistle sounds.

He said: ” We have one game to go and anything can happen – there could well be a twist in the tale because football can be a funny old game at times.

“Who knows if we can do it? We’ll go there, give it a real go and see what happens.”

BARROW’S RECENT FORM

Byron Harrison and Akil Wright scored for the Bluebirds in a 2-0 win at relegation-haunted Braintree last Saturday.

Harrison struck on the half hour mark before Wright fired home five minutes later.

Those three points leave Barrow one point behind Dover.

LAST MEETING

20/08/16 Dover 3-1 Barrow

Striker Ross Lafayette (pictured above in action against Barrow) continued his perfect start at Crabble, scoring in his third consecutive game since arriving from Eastleigh as Dover cruised to victory.

Confusion reigned after Dover opened the scoring just before the half hour mark.

Aswad Thomas’ shot from just inside the box was destined for the net before Moses Emmanuel appeared to apply the final touch on the line.

Thomas reeled away in celebration, thinking he’d scored and his team-mates rushed to join him before the goal was credited to Emmanuel over the public address system.

Emmanuel then appeared to shake his head towards Thomas, indicating he had not scored.

There was no confusion about the second goal when Lafayette scored 11 minutes into the second half after he raced onto Jack Parkinson’s long ball and fired past goalkeeper Joel Dixon.

Sam Magri then headed home a pin point cross from Thomas, his first goal for the club.

Ross Hannah grabbed a consolation from the penalty spot after he was bundled over in the area by goalkeeper Steve Arnold.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

21/11/15 Dover 3-1 Barrow

08/08/15 Barrow 2-1 Dover

HITMEN

Ricky Miller’s penalty in the 2-2 draw with Macclesfield at Crabble on Tuesday night made it 37 goals for league’s top-scorer and Player-of-the-Year.

Lafayette also netted and now has 12 for the season while Moses Emmanuel has 11.

Barrow’s leading marksman is Byron Harrison with 19.

DOVER TEAM NEWS

Assistant manager Jake Leberl confirmed on Thursday evening Tyrone Sterling (hamstring) and Ricky Modeste (leg) are both doubtful ahead of the trip to Cumbria.

DOVER COLOURS

For Dover fans wanting to show their colours at Barrow by wearing the matching shirts as the players, captain Jamie Grimes and his team-mates will be wearing their yellow shirts.

COVERAGE

The game starts at 12:15pm but if you are unable to make the near 750-mile round trip to Barrow, we will have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – follow us and get all the news as it happens!

Coverage starts from 11.15am.

SATURDAY’S OTHER NATIONAL LEAGUE FIXTURES

Aldershot Town v Braintree Town

Chester v Boreham Wood

Dagenham & Redbridge v Woking

Eastleigh v Wrexham

Gateshead v Bromley

Guiseley v Solihull Moore

Maidstone United v Tranmere Rovers

Southport v Lincoln City

Torquay United v North Ferriby United

York City v Forest Green Rovers

AWAY TRAVEL

There will be a Supporters Club coach making the trip to Maidstone’s Gallagher Stadium for the final of the Kent Reliance Senior Cup between Dover and Welling on Monday 1st May and it’s not too late to reserve your seat on it.

It leaves Crabble at 1pm and the cost is as follows:

Adults Members £12, Adult Non Members £25 and accompanied child (under 16) £5.

Please call or text Andy on 0793 4300335 to book your seat or see him in the Centre Spot on Saturday.

Please note you are now required to pay for your seat in advance by cash or by cheque or via bank transfer.

Visit http://www.dasc.co.uk/ for all the details.

PREVIEW: WHITES V MACCLESFIELD TOWN

Assistant boss Jake Leberl has issued an impassioned rallying call to Dover fans as his team prepares for what could be their final home game of their National League campaign against Macclesfield Town tonight..

Dover are sixth on the table ahead of the clash with the ninth-placed Cheshire visitors and are currently four points behind fifth-placed Aldershot Town but with a game in hand on the Shots.

It means nothing else but a win will do tonight to keep alive any hopes of Dover have of reaching the play-offs heading into Saturday’s final day of the regular season.

Leberl said: “You cannot under-estimate how much the fans matter at this club. They’re our 12th man and I know that because I’ve played here.

“Saturday’s loss to Torquay was extremely disappointing and frustrating after knowing going into that game how big it was and coming away with nothing – nobody needs telling that, especially the fans.

“We have two games to go and we need two wins – we need the fans to stay behind us. We need to be together, we need to be united because this play-off race has not been won yet.

“Football is a funny old game and anything can happen.”

MACCLESFIELD’S RECENT FORM

The Silkmen were unable to gatecrash Lincoln City’s promotion party on Saturday as the home side came from behind to win 2-1 in front of a crowd of 10,031.

Mitch Hancox stunned the Imps after he gave the visitors the lead in the 23rd minute before Terry Hawridge pounced on an loose ball to level the scores six minutes later.

The winger grabbed his second late on with a curling finish to seal the title and a return to the Football League for Lincoln after a six year absence.

LAST MEETING

10/01/17 Macclesfield 2-1 Dover

Captain Jamie Grimes’ second goal in as many games was not enough to prevent Whites losing at the Moss Rose.

Grimes (pictured above celebrating his goal in January) beat goalkeeper Scott Flinders to James Hurst’s free-kick to head his side infront in the eighth minute.

That’s the way it stayed until Chris Holroyd scored from close range in the 67th minute before the striker claimed his second of the night after raced clear to slot the winner past goalkeeper Steve Arnold seven minutes later.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

12/4/16 Macclesfield 0-0 Dover

17/10/15 Dover 2-1 Macclesfield

18/10/14 Macclesfield 1-0 Dover

HITMEN

Ricky Miller remains the top scorer in the National League with 36 goals.

Moses Emmanuel and Ross Lafayette both have 11.

Macclesfield’s leading marksman is Holroyd with 13.

DOVER TEAM NEWS

Assistant boss Leberl said on Monday evening that there are no injury concerns ahead of the game

COVERAGE

The game starts at 7:45pm but if you are unable to make the trip, we will have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – follow us and get all the news as it happens!

Coverage starts from 7pm.

MATCH SPONSOR

Today’s match is being sponsored by EXCLUSIVE HOUSEHOLD STAFF.

MATCH BALL SPONSOR

Today’s match ball is jointly being sponsored by JOHN MARTIN and the CORNWALLIS COMPANY.

All of us at Dover Athletic thank all our sponsors for your support and we hope that you enjoy your time with us this evening.

TUESDAY’S OTHER NATIONAL LEAGUE FIXTURE

Maidstone United v Lincoln City

AWAY TRAVEL

There will be a Supporters Club coach making the trip to Barrow on Saturday 29th April and it’s not too late to reserve your seat on it.

It leaves Crabble at 3am and thanks to a donation from the Supporters club, the cost is as follows:

Adults Members £20, Adult Non Members £35 and accompanied child (under 16) £10.

Please call or text Andy on 0793 4300335 to book your seat or see him in the Centre Spot tonight.

Please note you are now required to pay for your seat in advance by cash or by cheque or via bank transfer.

Visit http://www.dasc.co.uk/ for all the details.

PREVIEW: WHITES V TORQUAY UNITED

Chris Kinnear’s men could relegate a side for the second consecutive home match when third-bottom Torquay visit Crabble on Saturday.

Southport lost their National League status after losing 3-0 to Whites on 14th April and the Gulls could suffer the same fate.

Should the Devon club fail to win and Braintree, York and Guiseley all record victories, then United’s demotion to the National League South will be confirmed.

In spite of the visitor’s lowly standing on the ladder, Dover’s assistant boss Jake Leberl believes his side, who dropped to sixth after Monday’s loss at play-off rivals Aldershot Town, are in for a tough test. 

He said: “Any game against a team fighting for their life is always difficult.  They will do all they can within their power to stay in this league.

“They have got some dangerous players and we have got to want to win more than them on the day.”

Dover will start the game only one place and one point behind fifth-placed Aldershot, but with a game in hand on the Hampshire side.

TORQUAY’S RECENT FORM

The Gulls  gave their survival bid a boost by beating fellow strugglers Braintree Town 3-1 at Plainmoor on Monday.

The visitors struck early through Manny Parry’s header, but Brett William’s fine solo run and finish levelled matters just before the interval.

The former Forest Green forward then pounced on a loose ball in the area to put the hosts ahead.

AFC Bournemouth loanee Jordan Lee made the points safe late on to keep the Gulls within touching distance of the safety zone.

LAST MEETING

27/08/16 Torquay 2-1 Dover

Ricky Miller’s free-kick was not enough to prevent Dover’s three-match winning streak coming to an end at Plainmoor.

The striker struck 15 minutes from full-time to equalise after Jamie Reid put Torquay ahead just after half-time.

But Dover’s celebrations proved to be short-lived as Dan Sparkes slotted past goalkeeper Steve Arnold just a minute later.

Tyrone Marsh’s injury time effort against his former employers struck the inside of the post, but the ball bounced away to safety much to the relief of the home support.

RECENT MEETINGS

26/3/16 Dover 5-0 Torquay

06/10/15 Torquay 2-3 Dover

02/12/14 Dover 2-2 Torquay

HITMEN

Ricky Miller remains the top scorer in the National League with 36 goals.

Moses Emmanuel and Ross Lafayette both have 11.

Torquay’s leading marksman is Brett Williams with eight.

DOVER TEAM NEWS

Leberl confirmed on Thursday that Whites have a fully fit squad to pick from. 

Joe Healy (calf) and James Hurst (leg) are both available for selection after being substituted during the defeat at Aldershot.

Midfielder Jim Stevenson could also be involved after being recalled from his loan spell at Southport earlier this week.

TICKET NEWS

Tickets can be purchased on the day but please note that this match IS segregated.

COVERAGE

The game starts at 3pm but if you are unable to make the trip, we will have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – follow us and get all the news as it happens!

Coverage starts from 2pm.

MATCH SPONSOR

The Torquay match is being sponsored by REFLEX LABELS.

All of us at Dover Athletic thank you for your support and we hope you enjoy your day with us this afternoon

MATCH BALL SPONSOR

Saturday’s  match ball is being sponsored by JOHN MARTIN.

As always, we welcome John to the game and thank him for his continued and ongoing support.

SATURDAY’S OTHER NATIONAL LEAGUE FIXTURES

Lincoln City v Macclesfield Town

Boreham Wood v Gateshead

Braintree Town v Barrow

Bromley v Guiseley

Forest Green Rovers v Maidstone United

North Ferriby United v Aldershot Town

Solihull Moors v Eastleigh

Sutton United v Chester

Tranmere Rovers v Southport

Woking v York City

Wrexham v Dagenham & Redbridge

AWAY TRAVEL

There will be a Supporters Club coach making the trip to Barrow on Saturday 29th April and it’s not too late to reserve your seat on it.

It leaves Crabble at 3am and thanks to a donation from the Supporters club, the cost is as follows:

Adults Members £20, Adult Non Members £35 and accompanied child (under 16) £10.

Please call or text Andy on 0793 4300335 to book your seat or see him in the Centre Spot on Saturday.

Please note you are now required to pay for your seat in advance by cash or by cheque or via bank transfer.

Visit http://www.dasc.co.uk/ for all the details.

PREVIEW: ALDERSHOT TOWN V WHITES

Dover boss Chris Kinnear has no intention of treating Monday’s National League showdown at play-off chasing rivals Aldershot Town any differently to any other game his team plays.

Whites head to the EEB Stadium one place and two points clear of their Hampshire opponents, but Kinnear is not about to start getting carried away by those statistics.

He says he sees it as just another game.  “It is not all about Monday. It’s just another game as far as we are all concerned.

“You cannot afford to start thinking about what might be – that can hurt you.

“I ensure that we take each game as it comes, I know it’s an old cliché, but it’s so true in my book and always has been.

“We’ll be treating it like any other game. We’ll be playing to win regardless of who we are playing.”

ALDERSHOT’S RECENT FORM:

The Shots, who are unbeaten in 10 games at home, drew 2-2 at Tranmere Rovers on Good Friday.

Matt McClure gave Aldershot an early lead, but strikes from Cole Stockton and Connor Jennings put Rovers in front, before Bernard Mensah pulled the visitors level before the break.

LAST MEETING:

29/08/16 Dover 1-2 Aldershot

Aldershot won their first game on the road this season courtesy of former Dover midfielder Liam Bellamy.

Bellamy, who left Crabble last summer,  headed home just before the interval to double the visitors lead after Shamir Fenelon had fired the Shots ahead in the 21st minute.

Ross Lafayette’s stunning free-kick pulled one back in the second half, but Dover were unable complete a comeback and slumped to their second consecutive defeat.

PREVIOUS  MEETINGS:

05/12/15 Dover 5-2 Aldershot

18/08/15 Aldershot 1-1 Dover

03/03/15 Aldershot 3-1 Dover

HITMEN

Ricky Miller remains top scorer in the National League and struck his 36th of the season at home to Southport on Friday.

Moses Emmanuel and Ross Lafayette both have 11.

Aldershot’s leading marksman is Scott Rendell with 12.

DOVER TEAM NEWS:

Manager Chris Kinnear expects to have a fully fit squad to pick from.

James Hurst and Richard Orlu (both leg) were taken off on Friday as a precaution and should be fit.

DOVER COLOURS

For Dover fans wanting to show their colours at Aldershot by wearing the matching shirts as the players,  captain Jamie Grimes and his team-mates will be wearing their blue shirts.

COVERAGE:

The game starts at 3pm but if you are unable to make the trip, we will have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – follow us and get all the news as it happens!

Coverage starts from 2pm.

MONDAY’S OTHER NATIONAL LEAGUE FIXTURES

Barrow v North Ferriby United

Chester v Woking

Dagenham & Redbridge v Sutton United

Eastleigh v Bromley

Gateshead v Lincoln City

Guiseley v Tranmere Rovers

Macclesfield Town v Solihull Moors

Southport v Forest Green Rovers

Torquay United v Braintree Town

York City v Wrexham